World books for World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day (that’s today, in case you’d overlooked the timeliness of the post), we thought we’d bring you a book from each continent. So here we go.

The Devil That Danced on The Water
Aminatta Forna’s wrote a moving semi-memoir and a paean to a Sierra Leone that is lost to civil war.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Antarctica
The coldest continent is perhaps written about far more than a place barely anyone’s been to should have been, but a segment in Michael Chabon’s excellent fictional history of American comics industry approaches it fairly unconventionally.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet – Asia
David Mitchell’s most recent book tells the tale of a clerk working in the Dutch East India Company who is allowed more than a glance into the secretive culture of early nineteenth century Japan.

Riddley Walker – Europe
In post-apocalyptic Kent, Russell Hoban deconstructs and reconstructs written English in a tour-de-force of creativity. If you are really in a reading mood, and have a few days to commit to it without distractions, there are few better reads.

The Mystery of the Hansom Cab, Australasia
Set in Victorian-era Melbourne Fergus Humes’ mystery outsold Sherlock Holmes when it was first unleashed on the world, following Humes’ self-funded initial run at home. It has been described as a crucial turning point in the history of the detective novel.

Come Thou Tortoise, North America
Jessica Grant’s book about a naïve ‘leapling’ (someone born on 29 February) splits its time between her return home to Newfoundland following her father’s death, and the exploits of Winnifred, her lonely tortoise left behind with friends while Audrey undertakes a long journey back into memories of her childhood.

One Hundred Years of Solitude – South America
In an ever-changing found paradise/hell in Latin America, master of magical realism Gabriel Garcia Marquez weaves the unconventional epic of several generations of a particularly long-lived family.

World Book Night at Crawley Library

Win these books
Win these books by coming along to Crawley Library this Saturday

In an effort to promote reading, this Saturday over one million books will be given away by volunteers across the UK and Ireland.

Crawley Library has an exciting event planned for the evening, featuring five authors and more free books than you can shake a… er… bookmark at. Oh, and did we mention the wine?

So what’s on the agenda? Well, the first 40 people through the doors come six thirty will get a free copy of David Mitchell‘s incredible Cloud Atlas, the official World Book Night contribution to proceedings. But we also have copies of John Lenahan‘s excellent Shadow Magic, courtesy of The Friday Project, as well as free copies of Sam Hayes paperbacks, supplied by Headline. Faber & Faber has donated 24 copies of Edna O’Brien‘s short story collection Saints & Sinners.

Sam will be there on the night too, following her signing during the day at the County Mall branch of Waterstone’s, which she’ll be undertaking along with fellow thriller writer Julia Crouch. Both Sam and Julia will be reading some of their work at the library event, as will historical novelist Alis Hawkins, author of Testament.

Also there on the night will be fantasy author Tim Stretton (The Dog of the North) and dark comedy writer Aliya Whiteley (Light Reading, Three Things About Me).

Guests will also be automatically entered into a raffle, with beautiful book prizes, including a complete collector’s set of Revolutionary Writing from  Faber & Faber.

If you would like to come along, please call the library on 01293 651751. Entry is £3. The gig starts at 6:30pm and you’ll get at least one free book and a glass of wine (if you’re over 18 of course). All welcome.